Newmarket History:Eli Gorham was a smart businessman. He bought four new carding machines in Connecticut before moving to Newmarket. He installed two in rented space in Joseph Hill's mill at the foot of Main Street, and sold the other two to a businessman in Dundas, Ontario. In 1811, he built his own mill pond, dam and mill on the south side of today's Gorham Street. The Gorham Woolen Mills used wool from local sheep farmers to produce wool blankets and other woolen products.
Gorham died in 1867. His son Nelson ran the business until 1875 when he sold it, and moved back to the United States. The business continued as the Phoenix Mill but was torn down in 1907. By the 1880's the mill had employed 40-50 men, was Newmarket's first major industry, and continued as one of the Town's major assets for almost one hundred years.
Today, the pond and mill are gone, and the farm was subdivided into residential lots, but the use of the farm lane continued, and eventually became Gorham Street.
Bristol-London, York Region
Bristol-London Real Estate:This neighbourhood extends north from Davis Drive between Yonge Street in the west, the Holland River in the east to the Newmarket boundary just below Green Lane East.
The southern part of the neighbourhood consists of homes of an older vintage. Here, many semi-detached homes are attractive to first-time home buyers and are always in demand. In fact, all of the homes in the community are well within an affordable price range for a wide range of buyers.
New detached homes began here in the early 1980's, and were considered to be an exciting addition to Newmarket real estate. They followed Bristol Road and London Road, the two main streets cutting through the community from Yonge Street to Main Street North.
There is, also, plenty of shopping at the Newmarket Place Plaza, Yonge Crest Centre and Upper Canada Mall on the west side of Yonge Street. Other amenities include Rogers Park, Proctor Park, Marilyn Powell Park, Denne Bush and the Nokiidaa Trail.
Carter, Robert Terence, Stories Of Newmarket: an old Ontario town, Dundurn Press, Toronto, 2011.